i can’t help myself with all of these room tours. i seriously hope you aren’t sick of me. once, when i was fresh out of college, i sent my bff a letter. i included a couple of photos of my new apartment – i thought she might like to see my surroundings as it was the first time we’d ever been separated in different cities. i thought i was being clever and she lovingly thought i was a total dork. i keep thinking about that as i post these images every week of our new digs. it sort of cracks me up but i like it anyway. so, here we go. this week it’s our dining room…
lucky for us, this room was already painted this soothing color when we moved in. and we were also super lucky to score this table (loving the bench on one side) from my sister-in-law who needed to store it in our house. the windows on the right bring in a lot of natural light which is so nice here in seattle (speaking of windows, this is how they’re tied. cute, no?). the heart on the wall was made by anthony hansen from old recycled metal. i love everything he creates. the little birdie sculpture underneath it was made by friend stephanie lee (another artist who creates magic with her hands). these are two of my favorite artsy pieces in the house. oh how i adore them!
i love how the items in our homes have stories. this weathered piece was the first piece of furniture i bought in portland when we moved there in 1999. and the window box, which holds our paperweight collection, was constructed by a carpenter who sold his unique pieces each week at portland’s saturday market (i can’t remember his name) – a really fantastic market with artists galore. the frames, made by reclaimed wood, were bought at the home rebuilding center in portland many years ago. they hold some of our most treasured photos. so, i suppose this little corner is all about portland, each piece being born there with fond memories attached.
this is a view/peek into the living room. the yucca tree on the left has traveled with us everywhere we’ve ever gone in the last ten years. it belonged to john well before he met me and he insisted that it make the move with us from florida to oregon in a tiny honda civic hatchback – that was the summer of 1999. we traveled and camped our way across the country for weeks and weeks. just the two of us and the yucca. it reminds me of the plant in that movie the professional – the one where the hitman takes his beloved plant with him everywhere he goes. if you’ve seen that movie, then you know what i’m talking about. we love our yucca. it’s been with us through so much.
i haven’t found any good junk stores in seattle yet, but i did fall in love with this repurposed wooden column thingy that is now used as a giant candle stick – found at a local antique store called antika. oh how i loved this the moment i saw it. john has a strict rule which is this: only buy the things you are deeply in love with. period. and this certainly fell into that category. the trays in the background are vintage metal tv trays. so cool, adore those things.
you can’t really tell in the images above, but these vintage ornaments atop glass candle sticks (an idea i had after seeing these at my mom’s house) sit in the window sill. loving how they look in the light, the color brightening up the room.
and finally, our collection of rusty tin that sits on top of our pie safe. the rocking doggie is one of my most favorite pieces in the whole house 🙂